Just a few weeks ago we decided it was time to offer Mckenna her first bottle. She’ll be going back to daycare at 12 weeks, so we need to make sure she’s comfortable with the bottle by then! She did absolutely fabulous with her very first bottle and continues to do a great job. I doubt we would’ve had such an easy transition from breast to bottle if it weren’t for the Philips Avent Anti-Colic Bottle and today I’m going to give you some tips and tricks on how to transition your baby from breast to bottle without the fuss as part of a sponsored partnership with Philips Avent.
Check out the video below for all of our tips and I’ll elaborate more throughout this post!
Can we just give Miss Alea a round of applause? Besides her starring role with Mckenna, she was my little videographer. Girlfriend has got some skills!
Tip One: In order to build up a supply of breast milk for your baby, start to pump around 3-4 weeks of age. I started by pumping after Mckenna’s morning feeding because the morning is when you’ll get the most due to an increase in the hormone prolactin. I still do that to this day and definitely get the most then.
Tip Two: Pick a good bottle! This is crucial in the transitioning process. I wanted a bottle that would keep air from getting into baby’s tummy but would also be like the breast to make the transition easier. Enter the Philips Avent Anti-Colic Bottle. We tried a different bottle first and Mckenna took it fine, but it seemed to make her a little more gassy. After trying the Anti-Colic bottle, we haven’t looked back. It doesn’t come with a million little pieces to put together, it’s easy to clean, and it works wonders. These bottles feature an Airflex venting system with a valve within the nipple that allows air into the bottle to prevent a vacuum effect, but then pushes that air to the back of the bottle so it doesn’t make it’s way into your baby’s tummy.
And it’s not just Mckenna that’s noticed a difference. 60% of babies fed with the Philips Avent bottle noted less fussing, especially at night. Sarah Chalke, the actress you may recognize from Scrubs, also used this bottle for her son and talks about it’s anti-colic benefits in this video.
Tip Three: Make sure that baby is hungry, but not over hungry. When it comes time for Mckenna’s daily bottle I always make sure to pull the bottle out of the fridge to get it up to room temperature a few hours before I know she’ll need it. Then about 15 min before she would normally need to eat, I get the bottle warmed up. Remember, with breast milk you need to place the bottle in a bowl of hot (not boiling) water to warm-up. Any hotter and it could break down the proteins and nutrients that your baby needs.
Tip Four: Have someone else give baby the bottle. Typically, someone else will be giving your baby the bottle anyways, so this just seems to make sense to me. My husband gave Mckenna her first bottle and now him and Alea have been taking turns. If you (mom) give baby the bottle, they may decide they’d rather have the real thing and get fussy. If you have help available, definitely utilize it!
Tip Five: Make bottle feeding as similar to breastfeeding as possible. With breastfeeding you take a break to switch sides. At this time you would typically burp the baby and interact with them some during that time. Why not do that with bottle feeding as well? Mckenna likes to take a break after consuming 1-1.5oz to burp and then Cory will hold her on the opposite side and offer the bottle that way. This makes it similar to nursing and will help create some consistency between the two.
Whether you’re on maternity leave and preparing to go back to work or making the switch from breast feeding to formula feeding, I hope those tips help you and your infant transition smoothly from breast to bottle.
Trust me, though. I get it. Transitioning baby from the breast to the bottle can be a difficult, frustrating, and sad time. Sometimes babies just don’t take to the bottle right away and that’s okay. Persistence, patience and help are all keys to your success.
What are your tips for getting the breastfed baby to bottle feed?
If you have a baby, have you tried the Philips Avent Anti-Colic bottle yet?
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Philips Avent.